Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings: 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Metaphysics: Contemporary Readings is a comprehensive anthology that draws together leading philosophers writing on the major themes in Metaphysics. Chapters appear under the headings: Universals Particulars Modality and Possible Worlds Causation Time Persistence Realism and Anti-Realism Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay by the editor which guides students gently into each topic. Articles by the following leading philosophers are included: Allaire, Anscombe, Armstrong, Black, Broad, Casullo, Dummett, Ewing, Heller, Hume, Kripke, Lewis, Mackie, McTaggart, Mellor, Merricks , Parfit, Plantinga, Price, Prior, Putnam, Quine, Russell, Smart, Swinburne, Taylor , Van Cleve, van Inwagen, Williams Featuring a new section on causation, this new edition is highly accessible and provides a broad-ranging exploration of the subject. Ideal for any philosophy student, this reader will prove essential reading for any metaphysics course. The sections and selections of readings have been updated to complementMichael Loux's textbook Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction , third edition.

Author Biography

Michael J. Loux is the George N. Schuster Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University, Indiana

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Universals: The Problem of Universalsp. 3
"The World of Universals"p. 14
"Universals and Resemblances"p. 20
"On What There Is"p. 42
"The Elements of Being"p. 57
"Universals as Attributes"p. 65
Particulars: The Ontological Structure of Concrete Particularsp. 95
"The Identity of Indiscernibles"p. 104
"Bare Particulars"p. 114
"Three Versions of the Bundle Theory"p. 121
"A Fourth Version of the Bundle Theory"p. 134
Possible Worlds: Modality and Possible Worldsp. 151
"Possible Worlds"p. 160
"Actualism and Possible Worlds"p. 168
"Counterparts or Double Lives?"p. 188
"Identity and Necessity"p. 218
Causation: Cause and Effectp. 251
Selections from Book I of A Treatise of Human Naturep. 257
"Cause"p. 274
"Causality and Determination"p. 284
"Causes and Conditions"p. 301
"Causation"p. 326
Time: Time: The A-Theory and the B-Theoryp. 341
"Time"p. 350
"Ostensible Temporality"p. 362
"Time and Eternity"p. 369
"The Notion of the Present"p. 379
"The Space-Time World"p. 384
"The Need for Tense"p. 394
Persistence Through Time: Endurantism and Perdurantismp. 411
"Temporal Parts of Four-Dimensional Objects"p. 418
"Endurance and Indiscernibility"p. 443
"Personal Identity"p. 464
"Survival and Identity"p. 485
"Personal Identity: The Dualist Theory"p. 510
Realism and Anti-Realism: Realism and Anti-Realismp. 539
"Realism"p. 549
"Ontological Relativity"p. 569
"A Problem about Reference"p. 586
"Objectivity"p. 614
Indexp. 631
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